If you use the same password for all your accounts, this is for you.
"[As] soon as somebody gets one of your passwords, and if you keep reusing that password for other things you've basically opened the vault, you have a bulls-eye on your back," said Dr. Steven Mark Sachs, who is a Professor of Computer Operations Office Technology at Los Angeles Valley College, according to a report by KTLA.
Making a password that's easy for you to remember means it's easier for hackers to guess it. According to the report, some of the most common codes are "123456," "monkey," "superman," "54321," "password," "i love you."
Sachs says there is an algorithm you can learn to follow that will keep your passwords air tight.
- Have a basic golden rule
- Identify each company (account) with its own calling card
- Tack on a team of accompanying players (special characters, upper and lower case letters that you can remember)